Noodling

I’m almost done splitting my wood pile.  I’m down to the giant rounds I put off to the end.

Log Pile with Noodles Surrounding It

When handling giant rounds I use a technique known as noodling where you use your chainsaw and cut with the grain of the wood.  The result is long strands of sawdust that look like noodles.

Below are the results of my work.  Manageable pieces of wood ready to be split.

Results of Noodling - Manageable Logs Ready for Splitting

This video shows how I noodle.

Frosty Log

This morning during my morning walk around the wood cutting area I noticed frost growing out of the kerfs of a log.

Frosty Log

That’s red maple (Acer rubrum).  Two days ago, when I cut the log, the temperature was in the forties °F.  This morning it’s in the teens °F.  When the water left the log it immediately froze.

Wetterlings Splitting Maul Frosty Morning

When I walked out this morning to get an armload of firewood and my Wetterlings Splitting Maul was glistening in the sun.

Wood Splitting Area

The picture above shows my wood splitting efforts this fall.  While you see a log splitter in the picture I haven’t used it yet this fall.  I enjoy splitting wood with my Wetterlings Splitting Maul and frankly my body and mind need the exercise.

The wood pile in the lower right is wood that is dry and RTB (Ready to Burn).  The pile behind the splitting tire is for next season.

The mountain at the back of the picture is ground up bark and sawdust.  I run the bark and sawdust through the chipper shredder to use for mulch around the yard.

If you’d like to know more about my Wetterlings Splitting Maul please watch the video below.  I’ve been using the Maul exclusively since I got it.